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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 14 [Vol. 7, 807-8]

[1] hvess leiti þið ‘whom do you two seek?’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) translates Hvad søger I ‘What do you seek’, cf. John I.38 Quid quaeritis ‘what do you seek?’. Support for the interpretation of hvess (ms. ‘huers’) as gen. sg. of hverr ‘who’ rather than hvað ‘what’ comes from the versions of John I.38 in Pétr 2/15 Hvern leitit þit? and Andr2A 354/31 Hvers leiti þit?, in both cases ‘Whom do you seek?’


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